Thursday, December 29, 2011

Loris Starnes Isom at City Gallery in January

 Little Miss Sunshine II by Lori Starnes Isom

Works by the City’s current Artist-in-Residence, Lori Starnes Isom, will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery from January 3-31, 2012.

The artist will host a free reception at the gallery on Thursday, January 5, from 5pm-7pm. The public is invited to attend. 

In Possessions: Portraits of Me, My Family and My Dog, Isom presents a diverse collection of portraits, including studies, practice sketches, and pieces never before exhibited. The works in this exhibit provide a window to the artist’s life and reveal her growth as a painter. “I try to instill in the kids I teach that art is not about perfection. It’s about being true to who you are and honest in expressing what’s important to you,” she explains. “So, the pieces that make up this exhibit are some of my personal favorites. Many were just fun to do, a few challenged me greatly, and others were very cathartic.”

After majoring in Fashion Illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York, Isom furthered her adventures in the arts by working for several years as a dancer and actress in New York and Los Angeles. However, her passion for drawing and painting brought her back to the world of visual arts. As a figurative and portrait artist, she has been commissioned to do hundreds of individual and family portraits, many of which include military personnel and heads of companies. She has also shared her love and knowledge of art by instructing budding young artists in both public and private art sessions. Lori’s work has been featured in the pages of American Art Collector. She has participated in numerous juried exhibitions and has been awarded several fine art awards.

The North Charleston City Gallery is located in the Charleston Area Convention Center with free parking and admission during regular Convention Center operating hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, daily.  The Gallery is staffed on Friday, Saturday, and Monday only.   Inquiries regarding artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843) 740-5854. For information on the Artist-in-Residence program, additional exhibits, and events, visit the Cultural Arts section of the City’s website.

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